CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new Navy destroyer has arrived in the Lowcountry. It's a modern and sophisticated destroyer named after a Charleston native.
Just over 50 years ago, Marine Private First-Class Ralph Henry Johnson lost his life when he yelled a warning and threw his body on a live grenade during an enemy attack to shield two fellow Marines in Vietnam.
Absorbing the full impact of the blast, he was killed instantly.
After his death, Johnson received the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is buried in Beaufort National Cemetery. His name, legacy and bravery lives on.
In addition to the Navy destroyer, the Charleston VA Medical Center is named in Johnson's honor.
The USS Ralph Johnson will be commissioned Saturday at the Columbus Street Terminal before traveling to its home port in Washington state.
The commission will be live-streamed on www.live5news.com.